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Writer:
Donald Cammell (written by)
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Release Date:
4 September 1970 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See them all in a film about fantasy. And reality. Vice. And versa. See more »
Plot:
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
dazzling See more (85 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Fox ... Chas

Mick Jagger ... Turner

Anita Pallenberg ... Pherber
Michèle Breton ... Lucy (as Michele Breton)
Ann Sidney ... Dana

John Bindon ... Moody
Stanley Meadows ... Rosebloom
Allan Cuthbertson ... The Lawyer
Anthony Morton ... Dennis (as Antony Morton)
Johnny Shannon ... Harry Flowers

Anthony Valentine ... Joey Maddocks
Kenneth Colley ... Tony Farrell (as Ken Colley)
John Sterland ... The Chauffeur
Laraine Wickens ... Lorraine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reg Lye ... Workman (uncredited)

Ian McShane ... Noel - Black Musican (voice) (uncredited)

Billy Murray ... Thug 1 (uncredited)
Anthony Roye ... Fraser (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald Cammell 
Nicolas Roeg 
 
Writing credits
Donald Cammell (written by)

Anita Pallenberg  uncredited

Produced by
David Cammell .... associate producer
Sanford Lieberson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Roeg (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
Brian Smedley-Aston 
Frank Mazzola (uncredited)
Tony Palmer (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John Clark 
 
Makeup Department
Linda DeVetta .... makeup artist (as Linda De Vetta)
Helen Lennox .... hairdresser
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kevin Kavanagh .... unit manager
Robert Lynn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Burge .... assistant director
Peter Jaques .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Christopher Gibbs .... design consultant: Turner's house
Peter Young .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Ron Barron .... sound recordist
Alan Pattillo .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Molloy .... camera operator
Paul Borg .... electrician (uncredited)
Peter Hannan .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Dixon .... costume consultant
Billy Jay .... wardrobe
Emma Porteous .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Merry Clayton .... music player (as The Merry Clayton Singers)
Ry Cooder .... musician
Amiya Dasgupta .... musician
Lowell George .... musician
Milt Holland .... musician
Bernard Krause .... musician: Moog synthesisor
Randy Newman .... music conductor
Gene Parsons .... musician
Nasser Rastigar-Nejad .... musician: santur
Buffy Sainte-Marie .... music performer (as Buffy Ste. Marie)
Russ Titelman .... musician (as Russel Titelman)
Bobby West .... musician
 
Other crew
Annabel Davis-Goff .... continuity (as Anabelle Davis-Goff)
David Litvinoff .... dialogue coach
David Litvinoff .... technical advisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
  • Vanguard Records  through the courtesy of: Buffy Ste. marie performed musically

Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug material and some violence
Runtime:
105 min
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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Some of the 16mm footage of sex scenes were so explict that the film processing lab refused to develop it, referring to obscenity laws, and instead went on destroying it with hammer and chisel.See more »
Quotes:
Chas:I need a bohemian atmosphere!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Poor White Hound DogSee more »

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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
dazzling, 31 August 2004
Author: ginger_sonny from London, England

Gangland enforcer James Fox gets involved with decadent fading rock star Mick Jagger in Nicholas Roeg's and Donald Cammell's cult film

Few films encapsulate drug-crazed Swinging 60s London like this one, though it was only seen three years after it was made and then heavily-edited because Warners were shocked at what they had financed. The film exceeded the boundaries of good taste that always epitomized British cinema.

This superbly shot, deeply disturbing, complex, often pretentious, often brilliant parable of confused identity was the first feature directed by leading cinematographer Roeg, sharing the credit with artist Cammell.

An eerily plausible Fox, cast against type, plays Chas, a sadistic gangster on the run who rents a room in the Notting Hill Gate home of Turner (Jagger), a reclusive, sexually ambiguous, washed-up rock star. Fox, his antithesis, is offered women and magic mushrooms before literally swapping personalities with the singer.

Fox abandoned the cinema for almost a decade after this film, such was its effect on him.



Verdict A dazzling, ideas-rich, extraordinarily inventive full-stop to the 60s

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